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LEAP Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for this spring’s 2024 LEAP Update and 3-Day LEAP courses.

The Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP) program is a nationally acclaimed University of Idaho Extension program. It began at the request of loggers who want to improve their skills, document and market their services and communicate more effectively with family forest owners and managers. Credits are available to participants to fulfill continuing education requirements of the Idaho Pro-Logger Program.

Please note that you must register through the University of Idaho at https://www.uidaho.edu/extension/forestry/programs. Below are dates and locations for this spring’s LEAP courses.

LEAP Update Course:

The 2024 LEAP Update is being offered at three different locations. The class runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PST. Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. The cost is $45 per person.

March 5 – Lewis-Clark State College Williams Conference Center, Room 801-899, 4th Street, Lewiston, Idaho
March 6 – American Legion Hall, 1138 E. Poleline Ave., Post Falls, Idaho
March 7 – Boundary County Fairgrounds, 6567 Recreation Pk Rd, Bonners Ferry, Idaho

3-Day LEAP Course:

The 3-Day LEAP course is being offered at two locations and costs $75 per person.

April 23 to 25 – UI Pitkin Forest Nursery, 1025 Plant Science Rd., Moscow, Idaho
April 30 to May 2 – UI Extension at Kootenai County University of Idaho Research Park, 958 South Lochsa Street, Classroom 302, Post Falls, Idaho.

Questions? Please contact the UI Extension nearest to you:
Moscow/Lewiston – (208) 885-7718
Kootenai County – (208) 292-2525
Boundary County – (208) 267-3235

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2024 LEAP Training Information

Mark your calendars for this spring’s 2024 LEAP Update and 3-Day LEAP courses.

The Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP) program is a nationally acclaimed University of Idaho Extension program. It began at the request of loggers who want to improve their skills, document and market their services and communicate more effectively with family forest owners and managers. Credits are available to participants to fulfill continuing education requirements of the Idaho Pro-Logger Program.

Please note that you must register through the University of Idaho. Registration and additional details will be available soon at https://www.uidaho.edu/extension/forestry/programs. Below are dates and locations for this spring’s LEAP courses.

LEAP Update Course:
March 5 – Lewis-Clark State College Williams Conference Center, Room 801-899, 4th Street, Lewiston, Idaho
March 6 – Coeur d’Alene
March 7 – Bonners Ferry

3-Day LEAP Course:
April 23 to 25 – Moscow, Idaho
April 30 to May 2 – Post Falls, Idaho
Possible third class TBD

Questions? Please contact the UI Extension nearest to you:
Moscow/Lewiston – (208) 885-7718
Kootenai County – (208) 292-2525
Boundary County – (208) 267-3235

Equipment Operator Fire Training April 10

The Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA) is offering Equipment Operator Fire Training from 8 a.m. to Noon April 10, 2024. There will be a light work capacity test (1 mile walk in 16 minutes) to follow the classroom instruction. Training will be held at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge, 615 Main St., in Orofino, Idaho.

Register at https://cptpa.com/ by April 5. A flyer with additional information is available HERE.

 

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